COLLEGE BASKETBALL EVENTS
COACHES vs CANCER CLASSIC
The Coaches vs. Cancer program, a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), exists to leverage the strength, community leadership, and celebrity status of the nation’s basketball coaches in an effort to raise awareness and reduce cancer risk through programs while raising funds for the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Since 1995, the event has raised more than $4.5 million for the benefit of Coaches vs. Cancer. In 2012, the tournament beneficiary became Wounded Warrior Project, resulting in the tournament’s new name. A new annual college basketball tournament benefiting cancer research, also called the Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic and hosted by the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, was held from 2012 to 2014.
COACHES vs CANCER CHALLENGE
In 1999, Gazelle created the Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge women’s college basketball tournament on behalf of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the American Cancer Society. Connecticut hosted and won the inaugural event which also featured Old Dominion, Kentucky and Clemson. Connecticut went on to win the national championship that season. The 2000 tournament was hosted by Wisconsin and featured Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Georgia. Notre Dame won the tournament and also went on to win the national championship that season. Iowa State hosted and won the 2001 Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge which also featured Maryland, Mississippi State and DePaul. ESPN televised the Championship Game of the event each year.
From 2001-11, the Gazelle Group presented the CBE Classic, held annually in Kansas City, Mo. The first year the event was held at Kemper Arena before moving to the fabled Municipal Auditorium from 2002-2006. In 2007, the Classic moved to Sprint Center. Over 50 teams that participated in the CBE Classic over the years went on to postseason play that season. CBE Classic champions include Missouri (2011, 2001), Duke (2010), Texas (2009, 2005), Syracuse (2008), UCLA (2007), Marquette (2006), Creighton (2004, 2002), and South Carolina (2003).
BCA Basketball Classic
The BCA Basketball Classic, which The Gazelle Group produced from 2000-2001 and 2003-2006, supported the Black Coaches Assocation (BCA). Host schools and tournament champions have included Marquette, Washington, Xavier, Wake Forest and Indiana.
BCA BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL
From 2001-02 and 2004-06, The Gazelle Group produced the BCA Invitational to support the Black Coaches Association (BCA). Held at traditional basketball powers like Syracuse and N.C. State, this three-day exempt tournament attracted more than 80,000 college basketball fans.
BLUE RIBBON CHALLENGE
In 2007, The Gazelle Group produced the Blue Ribbon Challenge, a season-opening event, hosted by two of college basketball’s top teams from the nation’s most prestigious conferences — the University of Florida from the SEC and Rutgers University from the BIG EAST. The 2006 NCAA champions Florida hosted four games in the event, including a championship game tilt with Rutgers, which hosted three games at the RAC.
The Indiana Challenge was a early season event held in November 2019 prominently featuring the Indiana Hoosiers.
OHIO STATE CLASSIC
The Ohio State Classic was a early season event held in November 2019 prominently featuring the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Minnesota Classic was a early season event held in November/December 2019 prominently featuring the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The Maryland was a early season event scheduled to be held in November 2020 prominently featuring the Maryland Terrapins. The event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bubbleville housed several events relocated and reimagined due to COVID-19 and provided a controlled environment with teams and event staff adhering to tribal, government, and NCAA health and safety protocols and testing requirements. All games were played without fans in attendance.
The Bluegrass Showcase was an early season event held in November 2020 prominently featuring the Kentucky Wildcats.
In November 2019, the Sunshine Slam was a 4-team event hosted at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, FL featuring Delaware, Oakland, Southern Illinois, & UTSA.
OTHER BASKETBALL EVENTS
The Nets-Knicks preseason game at Nassau Coliseum on October 24, 2012 was co-produced by the Brooklyn Nets and the Gazelle Group of Princeton, N.J.
In 2007, The Gazelle Group staged two All-American Shootout events featuring some of the nation’s top high school recruits. The first game took place in February at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kans. and featured Kansas State signee Michael Beasley and Florida signee Kenny Kadji. The second event was held in December at Freedom Hall in the basketball crazed city of Louisville, Ky. and featured Memphis signee Tyreke Evans, Louisville signee Jared Swopshire and Lance Stephenson, one of the top juniors in the country at that time.
The All-American Championship was a one-day, two-game event featuring the best boys high school basketball players and coaches in the country. One of the unique qualities of this all-star event was the inclusion of juniors playing alongside seniors. Carried by ESPN networks, the All-American Championship drew players who would later go on to play for some of the nation’s most prestigious college basketball programs.
ELITE 24 HOOPS CLASSIC
The Gazelle Group produced the Elite 24 Hoops Classic in 2006. The classic brought the top 24 high school basketball players together, regardless of age or shoe affiliation, at the most legendary playground in the world, Rucker Park in New York City.
The Gazelle Group managed sponsorship and event staging and promotion for the 2004 PrimeTime Shootout, the nation’s top invitational tournament showcasing the finest high school basketball teams and players. This event featured future No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick Dwight Howard and fellow NBA draft picks Sebastian Telfair, Josh Smith and J.R. Smith. The event brought nearly 20,000 spectators to Trenton’s Sovereign Bank Arena over three days, while also attracting top print, broadcast and web media. Games were broadcast live by the YES network and Comcast SportsNet and were also available on DirecTV, reaching more than 20 million homes.
OTHER GAZELLE GROUP EVENTS
BCA FOOTBALL CLASSIC
In 2000 and 2001, Gazelle produced the BCA Classic exempt college football game on behalf of the Black Coaches Association. The 2000 game, which featured Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech on ESPN, was never played due to a lightning storm. Brigham Young defeated Tulane 70-35 in the 2001 BCA Classic. ESPN nationally televised the game.
ILF LACROSSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
In 1998, the Gazelle Group was retained by US Lacrosse to sell corporate sponsorship for the ILF Lacrosse World Championships, an event that is held every four years. Gazelle also produced, distributed and syndicated the international television broadcast of the event. The games were televised in the U.K. and Australia. Some still consider the championship game to be the greatest lacrosse game ever played. The United States rallied from an eight-goal deficit to defeat Canada in overtime.
ILF LACROSSE WORLD CUP
The following year, Gazelle produced the World Cup of Lacrosse to rematch the United States and Canada. The U.S. defeated Canada two games to none in the best of three series. The games were internationally televised throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia, India and Japan.
In 2006, over 6,000 runners participated in the 2nd Annual A1A Marathon and Half Marathon in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. With the course set on one of the most picturesque roads in the entire country, runners enjoyed breathtaking views of the ocean, palm trees and the city.
Gazelle consulted on the worldwide television production of the 1999-2000 America’s Cup in New Zealand. New Zealand swept Prada to keep the Cup in Auckland.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Open
Formerly the B.C. Open, in 2007 after 35 years on the PGA Tour, the event began a new chapter on the Champion Tour. Played at En-Joi Golf Course in Endicott, N.Y., 180 miles from New York City, this event provided tremendous opportunity to reach an affluent demographic and gave sponsors access to golf’s “living legends.” (official site)